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CNE of Ecuador to install security table for referendum

Quito, Mar 26 (Prensa Latina) The National Electoral Council (CNE) of Ecuador and other State institutions will form a security table in order to guarantee the popular consultation and referendum that will be held on April 21st at the government’s initiative.

The calendar for this process will continue with the printing of documents and ballots and by coordinating with other institutions to secure logistics on voting day, the CNE reported.

Over 13 million citizens summoned to the polls will have to answer a total of 11 questions, five of which would entail modifications to the Constitution related to the elimination of the prohibition on extradition of nationals and the incorporation of judiciaries specialized in constitutional matters.

Also, President Daniel Noboa seeks to approve permits for international arbitration between the State and prisoners, as well as the incorporation of hourly and fixed-term labor contracts, two of the most controversial questions.

The president also intends to use this initiative to reform current laws on the control of weapons and ammunition by the Armed Forces, as well as the classification of crimes for possession of weapons and increase penalties for terrorism or organized crime.

In general, Noboa’s proposal to hold a popular consultation has been described as erratic and unnecessary, since it covers issues that can be discussed in the National Assembly (Parliament) without the need to carry out the process, which will cost about 60 million dollars.

Social and political organizations recently announced the formation of a National Front Against the Popular Consultation.

Other groups in Guayaquil will join this Tuesday the campaign in rejection of all questions.

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